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U.S. Staff Sgt. Jonathan Buchanan, 325th Operations Support Squadron non-commissioned officer in-charge of survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE) training, surveys a potential training area around Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., for Tyndall’s SERE program, Jan. 17, 2018. Getting to know the Code of Conduct: Articles I-III
A hard truth about war is that not every service member is going to make it back to friendly territory after a mission and may fall into the clutches of the enemy.
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Tech. Sgt. Jose Obregon, 347th Operations Support Squadron Independent Duty Medical Technician NCO in charge of medical operations, observes a student applying Tactical Combat Causality Care during training, Oct. 25, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The new, three-day combined training is designed to merge many smaller courses and seamlessly tie together skills that could be used in the event that Airmen become isolated during a mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider) 347th Rescue Group initiates new medical, survival training
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists and Independent Duty Medical Technicians recently partnered to innovate a more realistic training experience for 23d Wing aircrew. The training is designed to merge many smaller courses into one three-day course that seamlessly ties together different skills that could be used together in the event that Airmen become isolated during a mission.
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A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., lands during Stealth Guardian in a wooded area near Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 8, 2017. Exercise Stealth Guardian enhances rescue capabilities in multiple environments
As a pilot stands in a forest, seemingly devoid of human life, he is watched – by friend and foe. The quiet serenity of the woodlands erupts with the whirling of helicopter blades and the incoming of simulated opposing forces, his rescue or his demise still uncertain.
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Tony Blauer, founder of Blauer Tactical Systems Inc., instructs Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists during a week-long Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response System course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 27, 2017. The SPEAR System takes advantage of the human body’s startle/flinch mechanism to convert an aggressor’s attack into a tactical counter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski) SERE meets SPEAR: Specialists convene for unique combative course
Your transport aircraft has just crashed in a remote and hostile environment. You and only a handful of other troops have survived the crash. As you survey the surroundings, you notice a crowd of local inhabitants running toward the wreckage screaming wildly, with brows furrowed and fists clenched. The level of fear inside you begins to skyrocket. You’re now scanning the crowd for its weakest links, trying to formulate a progressive strategy with the little time you have before they make contact. Which combative system are you most confident to employ in order to save your own life? Self-defense is a major component of support provided by Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists to troops who have a high risk of isolation in theater, such as downed-pilots and operators. Late last month, SERE specialists across the 23d Wing, along with Pararescuemen from the 68th Formal Training Unit convened at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, to attend a one-week personal defense course led by a special guest.
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A Singapore air force CH-47 Chinook flies over the Nevada Test and Training Range, during a Red Flag 17-2 combat search and rescue mission, March 6, 2017. In performing these missions and working with coalition partners, Red Flag allows the members of the Singapore air force to extend their skill set. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released) Singapore AF enhances Red Flag 17-2
As the Singapore CH-47 Chinook’s twin rotors build speed and spin in unison, a loud but calming hum fills the interior of the helicopter. Seven Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) specialists sit with their gear in front of them, parachutes on their backs.
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Steve Keck, 336th Fighter Squadron pilot, attempts to establish communications with a rescue team during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel exercise, Jan. 31, 2017, in Kinston, North Carolina. The joint-service exercise combined U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps assets to rescue a simulated downed aircrew behind enemy lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Miranda A. Loera) Warrior exercise integrates Air Force, U.S. Marine search and rescue mission
Exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01 was a two-day event that tested the abilities of the 4th Fighter Wing members to complete contingency operations at an overseas location in our current area of responsibility. Members of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina and Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, completed a simulated rescue mission during CW 17-01. The scenario consisted of a simulated crash of an F-15E Strike Eagle. Capts. Steve Keck, and Cody Williams, 336th Fighter Squadron pilot and weapon systems officer respectively, acted as the downed aircrew from the simulated crash. Their goal was to give rescue crews a precise location to conduct rescue procedures. The aircrew were able to utilize a field for cover while awaiting help, who rescued them within an hour.
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